Senegal leader rejects repeal of anti-gay laws

Gay Star News reports:

Macky Sall, Senegal’s president, says there is no way his country will legalize gay sex

There is no question of decriminalizing same-sex acts in Senegal, affirmed the country’s president Macky Sall.

In a statement released today (12 April) by the presidency, he ‘firmly stressed that the state has never considered such an option and it is totally excluded under my presidency’, reported the BBC.

The Senegalese president also stated: ‘The African basic roots of our cultural values can not allow to accommodate an option to decriminalize homosexuality’.

On Tuesday, Socialist deputy Iba Der Thiam had demanded that the president of Senegal’s National Assembly, Moustapha Niasse, states the ‘official position of the government of Senegal on the issue of decriminalization of homosexuality’.

The article also touches on last year’s conviction of Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye. In that case, “a famous journalist allegedly refused to pay for sex with another man and the two were caught and jailed for four years.”

For more information, read the full article: “Senegal says no to gays”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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